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healthy in a hurry- pineapple coconut green smoothie

Posted Mar 04 2013 6:00am

0822 (2008-06-23 10-59-26)

Ecuador Trip- 2008

It’s that time of the year again when I wish I was in the tropics. Laying on the beach with a (vegan) piña colada in hand, soaking up the sun and getting a good dose of vitamin D. Lounging the day away with not a care in the world other than what delicious dish I’m going to eat for dinner and weather to get a massage or a manicure.

You know what? I’d even settle for a day where I didn’t have to venture out in the cold!

The solid 6 months of winter is starting to wear on me. Anyone else? While there is an end in sight, I need a little escape! And while my budget doesn’t allow for a trip, I can certainly try and mimic the tropical feel with a few ingredients hiding away in my fridge and pantry.

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And best yet, this treat comes together in a matter of minutes so you’ll be sailing to the tropics in minutes!

Now apart from the much-needed escape this smoothie provides, it’s packed with nutrition!

  • Pineapple: apart from the numerous vitamins and minerals, pineapple is also naturally high in enzymes which help to digest your food!
  • Coconut water: rich in electrolytes, coconut water is a super hydrator
  • Coconut oil: rich in medium-chain triglycerides to give you loads of energy and high in lauric acid for antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties
  • Flax seed- rich in fibre to help keep you regular and phytoestrogens to help regulate hormone levels
  • Spinach: rich in minerals to help alkalize your system
  • Coconut flakes: fibre and healthy fats
  • Protein powder (I used Oriya Organics ): easily digestible plant-based protein
  • Greens powder (I used Oriya Organics ): energy, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, pretty much everything!

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, Raw)

Ingredients (1 meal or 2 snack-sized smooth)

Instructions

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend away until smooth!

I hope this smoothie helps lift you all out of a winter funk! If you need more ideas, why not try…

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What about you guys? What tools do you use to brighten your mood in the dead of winter?

 

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